Thursday, August 02, 2007

Larmer says 'no' to NHLPA return

Steve Larmer's a name that's come up quite often as the NHLPA goes through it's search for it's next director, as the former head of player relations who resigned during Ted Saskin's tenure was extremely popular with players.

Larmer, however, was on the radio here on Leafs Lunch in Toronto yesterday afternoon (yes, we still have daily, two-hour hockey talk shows in August), and he said any involvement with the union at all was, at this point, a non-starter:
You know I told the players from Day 1, I'm available to help them at any time if any of them want to talk to me or get some information, or advise them and help them in any way I can... but I think to come back and actually go back to work on a part-time or full-time basis right now is out of the question.
At issue, it seems, is the fact that the PA remains considerably divided, even with Saskin thrown out, and mending fences, Larmer said, will be the order of the day for anyone on the way in:
I don't know what type of a personality it should be, but I think it's going to have to be somebody that can bring the players together and get the union back to what it was under Bob's reign.
I'm afraid things have been fairly quiet this summer, but there's definitely something brewing at NHLPA headquarters. The players remain all over the map as to where they want the union to go, and it's going to be quite the task for whoever takes over there.

And, you never know — there might even be a movement from the more militant side to have Bob Goodenow return. We've certainly been hearing his name more and more often as things chug along.



At 10:42 a.m., August 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that Larmer walked away from the final year of his contract in New York in order to retire, leaving a fair whack of money on the table. I get the sense he looked after his money during his playing days, and is rather enjoying his semi-retired lifestyle these days. Working for the 'PA again, thus living out of hotels and airport lounges, just doesn't sound that attractive to someone who doesn't need the money, and doesn't have a burning desire for the limelight anymore.


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